Intermodal logistics between the main Luzon ports might be boosted with a proposal to link Manila to Batangas Port in the Philippines, according to Manila Standard.
A Manila Electric Company (Meralco) unit called MRail has plans to lengthen its proposed freight train project.
Initally, the PPP railway project was meant to run from Manila to Laguna, where International Container Terminal Services Inc's (ICTSI) Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal is located.
MRail has now signed a memorandum of understanding with the local government of Batangas regarding an extension of the railway project.
This new proposal might see the railway run from Manila to Batangas Port, the location of Asian Terminals Inc (ATI)’s Batangas Container Terminal. The terminal has a throughput of more than 300,000 TEU annually.
A feasibility study for the extension will look at the alignment of tracks as well as the viability of the right-of-way of Philippine National Railways (PNR).
If it comes to pass, the project will connect all major ports in Luzon and allow seamless movement of containerized cargoes by rail, while improving traffic flow, by cutting up to 600 daily trips.
Oscar Reyes, Meralco president and ceo and MRail chairman said: “The proposed MRail freight project in partnership with government and private sector partners, offers the potential of helping spur economic growth in the province and providing more jobs to the people of Batangas,”